WHOLE30: DAYS 8-14

I am TWO WEEKS into my Whole30 challenge! I'm finally starting to **get it.** Still craving a big fat cheeseburger though. Only 16 more days until I can indulge! (Not that I'm counting... 🍔🤤)

Read on for more insights to my second week!


DAY 8, Monday, March 25

Breakfast: sweet potato fries, 3 pieces of bacon, 1/2 avocado, strawberries, tomatoes + coffee with almond milk
Lunch: spinach salad with leftover chicken, 1/2 yellow bell pepper, tomatoes, buffalo ranch dressing, a baked potato with salt and ghee + sparkling water
Snack: nectarine and almonds
Dinner: sweet potato and ground turkey skillet, baked potato with ghee and salt + sparkling water (even though it's good either way, I've had this before with mozzarella and I'll let you decide for yourself if it was better with melted cheese or without...)

EXERCISE: none (Mondays, am I right?)

MOOD: Definitely tired, but I think that was just Monday being Monday. I had some difficulty falling asleep both Sunday night and Monday night, so that's never fun. I definitely felt bloated/different than the week before. Right in line with the Whole30 mood calendar.


DAY 9, Tuesday, March 26

Breakfast: sweet potato fries, two fried eggs, 1/2 avocado, strawberries + coffee with almond milk
Lunch: buffalo chicken stuffed baked potato, celery, bell peppers, spinach salad with tomatoes and peppers and buffalo ranch + sparkling water
Snack: almonds + nectarine
Dinner: Taco Tuesday! Baked chicken, peppers, onions, and mini-potatoes + sparkling water

EXERCISE: 30 minutes of yoga in the morning, walk around Boomer Lake in the afternoon

MOOD: I definitely felt bloated today. My pants definitely fit different today than they had in the past. I had to really force myself to go on a walk in the afternoon but I'm glad I did. Bracing myself for days 10 and 11 which are known to many as the hardest days!


DAY 10, Wednesday, March 27

Breakfast: sweet potato rounds, 1/2 avocado, tomatoes, Frank's hot sauce, 2 fried eggs + coffee with almond milk
Lunch: leftover taco chicken on a spinach salad with bell pepper, tomatoes, and ranch dressing, small baked potato with buffalo chicken + sparkling water
Snack: nectarine + almonds
Dinner: southwest stuffed zucchini boats (leftover ground turkey and sweet potato skillet in two zucchini halves), 1/2 avocado + sparkling water

EXERCISE: a 10-minute walk in the (what felt like) 30 mph wind before I realized how silly that was and turned around.

MOOD: I snoozed my alarm this morning so I didn't get up and going like I usually would have! BUT for day one of the hardest two days of the Whole30, I felt fine! Obviously snoozing my alarm isn't ideal but oh well! I also feel more energized in the evenings which is new, last week I was falling asleep on my couch by 8:30.


DAY 11, Thursday, March 28

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs, 2 pieces of sweet potato toast with 1/2 mashed avocado, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, frank's hot sauce + coffee with almond milk. No offense to eggs, but I think I'd rather scream than have another egg ever again in my life.
Lunch: spinach salad with cherry tomatoes, 1/2 yellow bell pepper and ranch, baked potato with buffalo chicken on top + sparkling water
Snack: nectarine + almonds
Dinner: bell peppers, onion, and fajita chicken with salsa and 1/2 avocado, crispy roasted potatoes + sparkling water

EXERCISE: 20-minute walk on the treadmill

MOOD: Definitely cranky. Just want a cheeseburger. Struggling hard to push through. I think a lot of this mood has to do with me not leaving my house for work, so I sit around a lot of the time and watch TV and see all of the commercials for food that I am "choosing not to eat" for the next 19 days. Seriously, every other commercial on TV (especially during March Madness) is for burgers, fried chicken, ice cream, fast food, and everything I love and want so badly.

This excerpt from the Whole30 website really captured how I felt today: "Everywhere you look, you see the things you “can’t” have: the melted cheese on a greasy burger, the creaminess of that double-scoop cone, the cold beer in your best friend’s tailgate cooler. Dammit, this is hard! And right now you’re wondering if the results will really be as good as “they” all say it is. You’re cranky, you’re impatient, and you’re really, really tempted to just eat the stupid cheese."

I snoozed my alarm again this morning and I'm just ready to stop doing that. My back has been hurting recently (I strained it sleeping a few nights ago and has been painful ever since) so I have no desire to work out in the morning because of it. It's never fun when your back hurts every time you move a certain way!

DAY 12, Friday, March 29

Breakfast: 2 slices of sweet potato toast with 1/2 avocado, tomatoes, Frank's hot sauce, 2 fried eggs, nectarine + coffee with almond milk
Lunch: buffalo chicken stuffed potato, spinach salad with bell peper, tomatoes, and ranch + sparkling water
Dinner: chipotle whole30 bowl

EXERCISE: none :/

MOOD: I for sure have more energy today than I had in days past! The cravings are also starting to start... like for an entire carton of Flavor Blasted Goldfish and for the Sonic fish sandwich... which is especially strange, as I don't eat fish. I think my body is just DYING to have something fried. Other cravings are for my favorite foods... a big, juicy cheeseburger, a crunch wrap supreme, pizza, and a glass/bottle of cheap wine.


DAY 13, Saturday, March 30

Breakfast: chorizo sausage patties, sweet potato, 1/2 avocado, frank's red hot, tomatoes + coffee and almond milk
Lunch: buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potato, spinach salad + sparkling water
Dinner: spaghetti squash with meat sauce and green beans + sparkling water

EXERCISE: 30 minutes of yoga

MOOD: I woke up with a headache but other than that, I felt great! I had a ton of energy all day and was super productive cleaning my apartment, running errands, and doing other things. I feel like I'm on the other side of the hill and it's alllll smooth sailing from here (even though I'm not even halfway done yet 😪)

DAY 14, Sunday, March 31

Breakfast: chorizo, sweet potato hash, 1/2 avocado, cherry tomatoes + coffee and almond milk
Lunch: Leftover sweet potato skillet bake with cilantro and zucchini + sparkling water
Dinner: Spaghetti squash with meat sauce and green beans + sparkling water

EXERCISE: 30 minutes of pilates 

MOOD: I felt great! I didn't do a ton, but I woke up feeling energized (without a headache!), had a slow morning eating breakfast and such, went grocery shopping, etc. All the fun stuff one does on a Sunday afternoon.


I feel like I'm finally over the hardest part. Today (Monday 4/1) is day 15 so I am officially halfway through the program! I'm starting to get nervous about reintroduction so I've been doing a lot of research on that - any advice you have is welcome!

This next week should be great because it's the infamous TIGER BLOOD phase. 🙌🏻 Trying not to get too excited about feeling a certain way, but I'm looking forward to a week full of energy and clarity. What a great way to start off a new month!

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